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Lifetime Achievement Fred Williams received the Lifetime Achievement Award. receive this award. Dr. Williams’ education career spans 54 years in public elementary and secondary education. Having begun his tenure as an eighth grade teacher and later director of pupil personnel, he was named superintendent for Grant County and then Ft. Thomas Ind. Schools. In addition, he served the Kentucky Department of Education in numerous roles and was named the Kentucky Association of School Administrators’ first executive secretary in 1970. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes leaders in the field of educational administration whose professional lives have been characterized by extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, capacity, generosity and service. The award recipient is selected by the association’s board of directors. He is only the second person to Superintendent of the Year Award Lu Young, superintendent of Jessamine County Schools, is the 2012 recipient of the Superintendent of the Year Award. Jessamine County Board of Education member said in her letter of nomination, “Lu is a superintendent who is leading the way for education in Kentucky,” and attributed increased student achievement, graduation rates, and community involvement to Young’s leadership. Since Young became superintendent, the district’s dropout rate has decreased from 7.6% in 2004 to 2.54% in 2010. She has also led her district to increased scores in reading and math, particularly among students with disabilities, and has reduced district spending by over $2.5 million in the last two years. Power of Once Award Gary Griesser, KASA emeritus member, is the first ever recipient of the KASA Power of One Award. Griesser was honored for bringing new life to the annual leadership institute through moments of inspiration and the Fred award program. Since 2002 Griesser has connected KASA audiences to extraordinary individuals such as young Jarrett Mynear who founded Jarrett’s Joy Cart before his death; Patrick Henry Hughes who is blind and wheel-chair bound but a talented musician playing in the University of Louisville band; Dick and Rick Hoyt, a father-son team competing in marathons with Dick pushing son Rick’s wheelchair, swimming with him in tow, and biking while pulling him in a cart; and WWII veteran Bob Williams who was a paratrooper, returning to Normandy at age 70 to jump again. Griesser has also been instrumental in growing the association’s Fred program, now in its fifth year. KASA deputy director Rhonda Caldwell said, “Through these programs, thousands of school administrators have been reminded of what matters most and inspired to be servant leaders. Gary has empowered us to change the world one person at a time.” Wanda Luttrell Support Personnel Advancing Excellence in Education Award J Janet Suwanski, administrative assistant to Owensboro school’s superintendent Larry Vick, is the recipient of the 2012 Wanda Luttrell Support Personnel Advancing Excellence in Education Award. t Suwanski’s nominator, Dr. Larry Vick, described her as “one of the district’s biggest cheerleaders S and the go-to person for the entire office staff.” She played a vital role in moving the board of a education’s monthly meeting materials to an e-service, saving the district a great deal of time and e money. She is very involved in the district and attends as many events as possible. Named in honor of KASA’s longtime office manager, the award has been presented annually since 1981 to a member of Kentucky’s educational support staff who has contributed significantly s t to the efforts of the administrative team and who exhibits resourcefulness, commitment, professionalism, and a positive attitude. p The 2013 Leadership Awards booklet will be mailed in November. Nominate someone from your district for one of these prestigious awards. Nominations due June 11, 2013. Kentucky School Leader Fall 2012 •9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kentucky School Leader - Fall 2012

Editor’s Note
2012 Fred Award Winner: Jon Foote
2012 Leadership Awards
Hearts of Grace
President’s View: Caring for the Whole Child
Building a Bridge
2012 Student Video Contest
Lawrence County: Working Together for the Community
Breckinridge County Backpack Program
From the Executive Director’s Desk: How Much Should Schools Do?
Index of Advertisers/

Kentucky School Leader - Fall 2012